Scottish Gossip: Hanley, Strachan & Fletcher on Scotland, Tierney & Boyd injuries

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FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Defender Grant Hanley admits Scotland could have got a positive result had he not missed a first-half header in the 3-0 defeat by England at Wembley. (Sun)

Coach Gordon Strachan feels the heavy loss was harsh on his players and rues two missed chances at the start of the second half. (Herald)

Captain Darren Fletcher agrees, saying: "The game wasn't a 3-0 to England. We had just as many chances, if not more." (STV)

Scotland and England players
Hanley (far left) missed a headed chance when Scotland trailed 1-0

Scotland fans mocked England before Friday's World Cup qualifier by standing outside an Iceland supermarket and repeating the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists' famous 'Thunderclap'. (Sun)

Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney hopes to return from ankle ligament damage in the New Year. (Daily Express)

Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon has backed stand-in goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw to continue the Easter Road side's stern defensive record following an injury to first choice Ofir Marciano. (Scotsman)

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, 33, has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a thigh injury. (Sun)

Kris Boyd
Boyd has scored three times for Killie this term

Inverness CT have blamed a £20,000 deficit in their annual accounts on last season's Europa League adventure and injuries picked up in the games against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu. (Scotsman)

RUGBY UNION GOSSIP

Scotland's Hamish Watson feels "a more rounded player" as he prepares to win his second cap in Saturday's opening autumn Test against Australia and their star flankers David Pocock and Michael Hooper. (Herald)

Full-back Stuart Hogg insists there are "massive opportunities" for the Scots to exploit against the Wallabies. (Daily Mail)

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